H. BAILEY CARROLL
ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING COLLECTIONS OF RARE BOOKS AND
manuscripts on Texas history has been given to Trinity
University, San Antonio, for its new Chapman Graduate
Center. The collection of Texana and other materials numbering
more than two thousand volumes was a gift of Dr. Pat I. Nixon,
a San Antonio physician, one of the deans of Texas book collec-
tors. Named the Pat Ireland Nixon Collection, the books were
dedicated in the ceremonies in the Chapman Center on June 2.
The Nixon collection is the first of many which Trinity expects
to add to the Rare Books Room of the Chapman Center Library.
The center is part of Trinity's fifty million dollar Centennial
Development program, more than three-fifths of which is desig-
nated for endowment, to include increased library holdings for
both the undergraduate George Storch Memorial Library and
the graduate library. Dedicated on May 29, the Chapman Center,
one of the few buildings in the Southwest designed exclusively
for graduate education, will be in use for the fall semester.
Collecting books has been one of Dr. Nixon's chief avocations
for the past thirty years, a pastime he began on impulse in the
early 1930's when one of his three sons found two coverless edi-
tions of George Wilkins Kendall's Texan Santa Fe Expedition in
a garbage can. Items of rare Texana in the collection include
Dudley G. Wooten's Comprehensive History of Texas, A. J.
Sowell's Rangers and Pioneers of Texas, Jacob De Cordova's
Texas, Her Resources and Her Public Men, John Henry Brown's
Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, and George Wilkins Kendall's
War Between the United States and Mexico. More recent Texana
is also included, such as the works of Tom Lea, J. Frank Dobie,
Walter Prescott Webb, J. Evetts Haley, and Dr. Nixon himself.
Dr. Nixon's personal contributions to his collection include a
manuscript edition and the source material for his The Early
Nixons of Texas. In addition to the Texana the collection has
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed February 1, 2015.